We are excited to announce that Azure DevTest Labs is being expanded to offer new types of labs! These new lab types are managed labs, for which the service handles all the Azure infrastructure management for you. The managed lab types have entered Public Preview, and once the preview ends, the new lab types and the existing DevTest Labs will come under a new common umbrella name of Azure Lab Services.
Managed or custom labs
With Azure Lab Services, you can now easily and quickly create a lab fit for your needs, without worrying about the technical details of Azure infrastructure. For managed labs, you can simply input the types of virtual machines you need, when you need it, and how many users can access the lab. The service itself takes care of creating ad maintaining the lab and its resources with built-in scaling and resiliency. For those of you who want to manage all infrastructure and configuration yourself within your own subscription, you can continue to do this by creating a custom lab (which is the same as Azure DevTest Labs). To learn more about which lab type is best for you, see the documentation on the different types of labs.
Currently, Azure Lab Services supports only the classroom lab as a managed lab. The classroom lab enables professors and educators to provide students with a lab of virtual machines that are configured with exactly what’s needed for a class. They can also control the students’ usage and set policies to optimize the cost of the lab. Learn how to create a classroom lab here.
Simplified user experience
Azure Lab Services enables a simple and focused user experience through the new website https://labs.azure.com, whether you are creating a lab or accessing a lab’s resources. As a lab owner, you can define what to make available to your users in the lab, and set policies such as usage limits and schedules to automatically shut down and start up the lab’s virtual machines. Lab users can register to a lab with a registration code, and get a single view of all resources they have access to across multiple labs.
Both the managed lab types and the custom lab (DevTest Lab functionality) will continue to evolve as a single service, Azure Lab Services. With the introduction of managed labs, we envision that our lab offerings will expand to optimize experiences for hackathon, research labs, trial sessions, online training, development/testing scenarios, and so on.
A lab is an environment where exciting things happen. Azure Lab Services aims to ensure everyone can use the power of Azure to optimize their lab experience, regardless of their expertise in the cloud. Do you want to try Azure Lab Services? Get started!